In 2006, the GNOME Foundation ran the Women's Summer Outreach Program. The intention of the program was to promote involvement of women in the GNOME project and Free Software development. With 6 participants the program was successful in gathering interest of students and media and the participants achieved good results.
In 2009, the broader Free Software community restarted the discussion about women participation and finding ways for the projects to participate in this effort. In this context, the FSF and the GNOME Foundation have agreed to work together in an Outreach Program for Women with the goal of generating interest and attracting more participants.
Several students were sponsored by the GNOME Foundation to work on GNOME projects in 2010 and on.